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review 2016-08-22 22:07
Hmm....well....I guess...
Curio - Evangeline Denmark
The Falconer - Elizabeth May

That's kind of how I feel about these 2 books. Like both had elements I loved enough that they avoid 2 stars, but they also had some other issues that prevented me from LOVING the.

 

The Falconer, had a nice premise. I liked the world building. The different type of fairies and how they function within the world our heroine lives. I liked her relationships with the different characters. All of them felt real and believable. So it helped move the story along and pull you in. But the main conflict/story was where the issue was with me. I felt like a lot of time was spent on building the world and backdrop of the story...but not as much time and thought went into the story. It felt almost like the main story was just kind thrown in there last minute and kind of like a second thought, which would have been okay...if it was also built up in a compelling way. You can get across in a couple pages how dire a situation is and what a particular task means in the overall scheme of things, build up the tension to that moment, but I felt like this wasn't accomplished here. So when the big ending scenes happened...I kind of was left feeling like...that's it? Seemed kind of rushed. But I liked the main character... I felt the little romance teased was nicely built up...it was the story itself that had issues.

 

Curio...it was the same thing. The world building was VERY interesting. Both in the heroine's world and the world of the Curio. It was really such an interesting concept and world. And the individual characters were all very compelling on their own. But, but...the felt like the 3 character threads never really melded. It's like I was reading 3 separate stories, because I don't think the writer did a good enough job linking them or showing how they were linked. Also, at the end of the book, there is still not a good enough explanation I think of the Curio world and why it was created and why The Mad Tock had to be imprisoned there. The explanation was kind of...slap-dash. Kind of leaving me like feeling like...Umm...yeah...I guess. And like I felt like some of the characters motivation were not really explained too well. I was confused a lot by Whit and what he was going on about. The romantic relationships, I felt were too tacked on and it was not really explored too well.  It’s one thing to tell me these two people are drawn to each other...but I'd like to understand why at least? And just because..,magic! Doesn’t really cut it.  But really the only thing keeping this from 2 1/2 stars was the fact the magic and world building was so interesting and out of the box. I really liked that aspect.

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review 2016-04-23 23:41
Curio... I REALLY WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK!
Curio - Evangeline Denmark

I really wanted to just love this book from the minute I opened the box it was shipped in. I really hate writing a review that is not positive.

 

Hidden lands accessed through a keyhole in a curio cabinet, porcelain figures that are really alive, and a strong girl with the opportunity and means to save the world from a controlling power that isn't ideal in any way. What's not to like? 

 

The way the story is written is confusing at times. It seems that the author has a knack for writing a sentence that doesn't make sense until you read the following sentence. A sentence would be referring to a certain character, but i wouldn't know who that character was until their name was finally provided in a later part of the scene. I have seen this technique work in books with very strong character developement, sadly this book does not have that. If this were fixed, I would increase the rating by an entire star. To top that off the world building was nonexistent. 

 

There were parts of this where the writing was great. The grammar was great, and no major editing flaws stood out. This author can write, but this feels Iike a story that had not gone through the entire process of being polished and perfected. With a rewrite, or two, I would give this another shot because the description is very appealing.

 

I won a copy of this on Goodreads. I wasn't going to review this, but I was constantly being reminded to do so through my email box.

 

 

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review 2016-02-19 00:00
Curio
Curio - Evangeline Denmark What a fun book to read. This book centers on Grey who's family are defenders who live under the rule of the chemists, after she is caught breaking the law she finds herself flung into her grandfather's curio cabinet and ends up in the world of Curio, populated by porcies, tocks and Blaise the only other human.

The world created was so vivid, a world populated by odd creatures, I would have liked more description on Curio city but maybe book 2 will delve. This book mainly debt with the characters and exploring the issues they have.

Grey was the perfect female lead. She was strong, independent and resourceful. She does what needs to be done.

I really liked this book and hope book 2 will be out soon.
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review 2016-01-29 00:00
Mark of Blood and Alchemy: The Prequel to Curio
Mark of Blood and Alchemy: The Prequel to Curio - Evangeline Denmark Bit slow to start, and was dragged out in some places. I hope Curio is slightly better
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review 2015-11-16 11:21
DNF: Curio
Curio - Evangeline Denmark

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

Steampunk novels are touch and go with me. It's not my favourite genre, really, but every now and then I see a steampunk novel I like the look of and figure I'll give it a chance. Which is exactly what I thought when I saw Curio pop up on Netgalley.

 

I made it 108 pages, but this is another not for me book. I don't think it's a terrible book at all, its very creative, descriptive and quite original in its storyline and ideas. The main character is likeable enough. However, I am very confused by the lack of world building. There's a lot going on and I'm just not following it, and not really that interested in continuing to be honest. 

 

It's not a bad book and I think people who like fantasy steam punk would really enjoy it, it's just not my cup of tea.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Zonderkidz-Books for approving my request to view the title. 

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